The Los Angeles Times plans to relocate to El Segundo this summer when its lease with Onni expires at the historic art deco building in Downtown Los Angeles. The move was announced during new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong’s first meeting with the 136-year-old news organization’s employees Friday morning.
The new building is reportedly at 2300 E. Imperial Hwy. near the Aviation/LAX Metro station. It is not known how many of the 800 employees Soon-Shiong says he quickly needs to find a home for will be located at the site in El Segundo, or if it will just be a division. In the past year-and-half, Soon-Shiong has acquired 10 buildings in El Segundo.
Eventually, Soon-Shiong envisions creating a new light-filled, eight-story, 120,000-square-foot facility for the paper, that includes a state-of-the-art studio for video and podcasts, modern technology, a day care center, a basketball court, and a museum set in an open campus for the public to see how a newspaper is produced.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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